Queensland Cup - Round 6-Preview

EVERYONE should be hungry for football after the Easter break and the line-up of matches in round six is one of the best of the Queensland Cup season to date. The weekend kicks off with the Norths Devils ? Easts Tigers ABC Televised clash at Bishop Park with Easts sitting just outside the top five and Norths struggling after just two wins from five starts. Easts had a big win over Central Comets last start and they will be full of confidence while Norths were thrashed 48-16 by competition leaders, Wynnum Seagulls. But Norths have been hit hard by player commitments to NRL parent club, Melbourne Storm and coach, Gary Greinke hopes to have more experienced players available as the season rolls on. Wests Panthers are at the bottom of the Queensland Cup ladder with Souths Logan Magpies, both clubs still searching for their first win. Wests host premiers, Redcliffe Dolphins at Purtell Park on Saturday afternoon so it is hard to imagine the Panthers will climb out of the cellar particularly as the Dolphins will be hungry for a big win after they were beaten at home last start by newcomers Tweed Heads, on ABC Television to boot. North Queensland Young Guns also were beaten last start 12-10 by Burleigh Bears at Miami ? and they are looking for a change of luck after three narrow losses this year. The Young Guns are down with Norths on four points and they desperately need to beat the Ipswich Jets this Saturday night in the curtain-raiser to the NRL clash between North Queensland and Melbourne at Dairy Farmers Stadium. In the other Saturday night clash Central host Broncos feeder club, Toowoomba Clydesdales at Browne Park, Rockhampton. On Sunday Tweed play Wynnum at Piggabeen in the battle of the Seagulls. This promises to be the match of the round with Wynnum the only undefeated side and Tweed holding second spot after just one loss. Wynnum have fanatical ground support with their renowned ?chook pen? the most feared, or is that revered, licensed area in the game. Tweed also have great support and Wynnum will be hoping some of their fans make the trip south of the border. In the other Sunday match Souths Logan play Burleigh at Davies Park with sixth placed Burleigh looking for a win to possibly elevate them into the top five. The Magpies will play all their home matches this year at Davies Park after negotiations to secure Meakin Park stalled.

Jets Side To Play Young Guns

IPSWICH coach Trevor Gillmeister has named an eighteen man squad for the Jets trip to Townsville to play the Young Guns at Dairy Farmers Stadium. The side is: 1. T. Van Balen 2. J. O'Doherty 3. S. Williams 4. D. Robinson 5. S. West 6. B. Lindsay 7. R. Bird 8. J. Mathiou(c) 9. J. Tomlinson 10.D. McAllister 11.K. Warren 12.M. Jensen 13.D. Coburn 14.B. McCarthy 15.M. Cameron 16.G. Mackay 17.J. Alberts 18.K. Theuerkauf Referee: Lindsay Luck The match will kick off at 5.30 P.M. as curtain raiser to the Cowboys Vs Storm NRL match.

Jim Beam Cup : Round 5 Preview

SYDNEY Bulls v Erina EaglesFriday 25th April 20033:00pmPotts Park Premiership favourites Sydney Bulls tackle the Erina Eagles on ANZAC day at home, and after suffering two consecutive defeats will be out for a win and to regain form. Erina had a week off last week due to the cancellation of their Round 4 encounter due to conditions at Erina Oval. Mono's tip: Sydney Bulls

More injury woes for Wigan Warriors

GOOD Friday's sensational win over St.Helens in the Tetley's Super League has come at a cost, with the news that young forward Ricky Bibey is set be sidelined for up to 12 weeks.

Price Wins, Bulldogs Still Lose

STEVE Price has successfully had his grade three careless high tackle charge downgraded but will still miss this weekend's match against the unbeaten Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night. Price will serve a one-match ban for a careless high tackle in last weeks loss to the St George Illawarra Dragons

Timmins out and Gasnier in doubt

ST George Illawarra is struggling with injuries on the eve of its ANZAC Day National Rugby League clash with the Sydney Roosters. Lock Shaun Timmins has been ruled out with a thigh injury while Mark Gasnier is in doubt for the match at Aussie Stadium with a calf problem.

Sharks will contest fine

CRONULLA general manager Steve Rogers has admitted using an unregistered player last weekend but says the National Rugby League club will contest the severity of a $10,000 fine.

Moule retires from rugby league

MELBOURNE Storm centre AARON MOULE has retired from rugby league.

Warrior ready to take on Panthers

LANCE Hohaia is recovering from a groin strain and will not be used if he has not recovered sufficiently by the weekend to ensure he can also back up against the Canterbury Bulldogs in Wellington on Friday, May 2.

Sherwin at long odds to play in Canberra

BULLDOGS halfback Brent Sherwin is at long odds to play in Saturday's National Rugby League game against the league-leading Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium.

More trouble down south as Sharks face fine

CRONULLA face a $10,000 fine after being issued with a breach notice for using an unregistered player, Laloa Milford, during last Sunday's National Rugby League clash with Newcastle.

Stuart re-signs for two years

THE Sydney Roosters have re-signed premiership winning coach Ricky Stuart for a further two National Rugby League seasons. The Roosters have announced they've secured the services of the game's hottest coaching property after months of speculation over his future.

Timmins out; Gasnier in doubt for Roosters ANZAC clash

DRAGONS international Shaun Timmins has been ruled out of the Anzac Day clash with the Roosters tomorrow while Mark Gasnier will undergo a fitness test five hours before kick-off.

Sharp sweating on four Eagles

MANLY Sea Eagles coach Peter Sharp is sweating it out on the fitness of four key players before Sunday's National Rugby League clash with South Sydney.

Minto into Broncos squad

BRISBANE Broncos reserve forward Darren Mapp has injured his hamstring at training today, giving heavyweight winger Scott Minto another opportunity to play in the National Rugby League.

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